World Trade Organization (WTO)

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World Trade Organization (WTO)



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Chair: Justin Schmerler


1. Proliferation of Regional Trade Agreements

2. Progress on the Doha Round

Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the Word Trade Organization 2018! My name is Justin A. Schmerler and I am honored to serve as your chair during this committee. I look forward to meeting all soon as well as hearing your debate to some very interesting and important topics. To introduce myself a bit, I am a fourth-year UCLA student pursuing a degree in Global Studies. I grew up in New York and I have been involved with Model UN at UCLA since my freshman year. I have staffed both BruinMUN and LAMUN, and I am serving as Head Delegate and Director of Travel Team this year.

I am very excited to be chairing this committee and can’t wait to see the debate that is in store for the future. MUN has had such a great impact on me as it has shaped many of my key interests and studies ever since I began participating in conferences in my freshman year of high school. I can confidently say that Model UN has allowed me to learn and grow in countless ways, and it has enabled me to excel in both my academic and professional endeavors. I have met people from around the world who have expanded my knowledge in ways I could not have imagined, and I hope BruinMUN has the opportunity to do the same for you. I am extremely excited for this committee. This is the first time we have run a WTO committee at BruinMUN, and given the modern geopolitical
context I believe it is the ideal time for students to take a greater interest in trade issues. The issues that this body discusses are highly relevant to everyone around the world, from students to politicians to businesses.

The issues this committee will discuss have a profound impact on virtually every economy around the world, and the decisions the WTO make are some of the most impactful of any international organization in current existence. While many may see UN bodies as having limited impact, there is no question that the actions of the WTO and its members have an immediate and substantial influence on people around the world. I hope delegates are able to bring new and unique perspectives on these key issues, and I am excited to see what you all come up with.

If you have any questions regarding the committee, the conference, or UCLA in general, please feel free to contact me. I wish you the best in your preparation for this committee and, I look forward to meeting you all soon!


Justin A. Schmerler | Chair